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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
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Jan 10, 12

bookshelves: 2011, craftlit, audible
Read in November, 2011

Listened to as part of Craftlit podcast.

Many people believe that Dr Jekyll is "pure good" and Hyde is "pure bad" but in reading the book, you realise that it's not as clear cut as all that.

This is the story, told not from Jekyll's side, but from those who come into irregular contact with both Jekyll and Hyde, and see the effect that the latter in particular has on society, leading up to him murdering an old man in the street.

It's a short book, and it's only late on that you get to hear (via a confession letter) what has been going on. Jekyll has been experimenting and was aware enough of his transformation into Hyde, to the point he did his best to seperate out both sides of his life, and protect the good from the bad. It soon became apparent however, that Hyde wasnt going to be kept under wraps and Jekyll realises that at some point he was going to be subsumed by Hyde's more powerful and delinquent personality
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